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The blame is all Labour’s if it leaks a large chunk of votes to the Greens | John Harris

From Ed Miliband down, the party seems increasingly incoherent and cynical – even nasty

Ed Miliband pitched up at the University of London last week to make a speech hyped up as his comeback. You may have heard bits of it: he warned of the dangers of what he called a “zero-zero economy” (zero-hours contracts for the unfortunate; zero tax for the lucky few), and took issue with Ukip.

“We will be talking more about immigration as a party,” he said. But lest anyone picture some desperate stampede into quasi-Farageism, he assured his audience that he and his colleagues would address the issue “on the basis of Labour values, not Ukip values”. He went on: “Unlike the Tories, what we will never do is try to out-Ukip Ukip.” With a flourish worthy of an irate Vicar, what Farage and his friends stood for, Miliband said, was “not really very attractive”.

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